In geometry, a tetracontaoctagon (or tetracontakaioctagon) or 48-gon is a forty-eight sided polygon. The sum of any tetracontaoctagon's interior angles is 8280 degrees.

Regular tetracontaoctagon
Regular polygon 48.svg
A regular tetracontaoctagon
TypeRegular polygon
Edges and vertices48
Schläfli symbol{48}, t{24}, tt{12}, ttt{6}, tttt{3}
Coxeter diagramCDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel 8.pngCDel node.png
CDel node 1.pngCDel 2x.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.png
Symmetry groupDihedral (D48), order 2×48
Internal angle (degrees)172.5°
Dual polygonSelf
PropertiesConvex, cyclic, equilateral, isogonal, isotoxal

Regular tetracontaoctagonEdit

The regular tetracontaoctagon is represented by Schläfli symbol {48} and can also be constructed as a truncated icositetragon, t{24}, or a twice-truncated dodecagon, tt{12}, or a thrice-truncated hexagon, ttt{6}, or a fourfold-truncated triangle, tttt{3}.

One interior angle in a regular tetracontaoctagon is 172​12°, meaning that one exterior angle would be 7​12°.

The area of a regular tetracontaoctagon is: (with t = edge length)


The tetracontaoctagon appeared in Archimedes' polygon approximation of pi, along with the hexagon (6-gon), dodecagon (12-gon), icositetragon (24-gon), and enneacontahexagon (96-gon).


Since 48 = 24 × 3, a regular tetracontaoctagon is constructible using a compass and straightedge.[1] As a truncated icositetragon, it can be constructed by an edge-bisection of a regular icositetragon.


Symmetries of a regular tetracontaoctagon

The regular tetracontaoctagon has Dih48 symmetry, order 96. There are nine subgroup dihedral symmetries: (Dih24, Dih12, Dih6, Dih3), and (Dih16, Dih8, Dih4, Dih2 Dih1), and 10 cyclic group symmetries: (Z48, Z24, Z12, Z6, Z3), and (Z16, Z8, Z4, Z2, Z1).

These 20 symmetries can be seen in 28 distinct symmetries on the tetracontaoctagon. John Conway labels these by a letter and group order.[2] The full symmetry of the regular form is r96 and no symmetry is labeled a1. The dihedral symmetries are divided depending on whether they pass through vertices (d for diagonal) or edges (p for perpendiculars), and i when reflection lines path through both edges and vertices. Cyclic symmetries in the middle column are labeled as g for their central gyration orders.

Each subgroup symmetry allows one or more degrees of freedom for irregular forms. Only the g48 subgroup has no degrees of freedom but can seen as directed edges.


48-gon with 1104 rhombs

Coxeter states that every zonogon (a 2m-gon whose opposite sides are parallel and of equal length) can be dissected into m(m-1)/2 parallelograms.[3] In particular this is true for regular polygons with evenly many sides, in which case the parallelograms are all rhombi. For the regular tetracontaoctagon, m=24, and it can be divided into 276: 12 squares and 11 sets of 24 rhombs. This decomposition is based on a Petrie polygon projection of a 24-cube.



A tetracontaoctagram is a 48-sided star polygon. There are seven regular forms given by Schläfli symbols {48/5}, {48/7}, {48/11}, {48/13}, {48/17}, {48/19}, and {48/23}, as well as 16 compound star figures with the same vertex configuration.

Regular star polygons {48/k}
Interior angle 142.5° 127.5° 97.5° 82.5° 52.5° 37.5° 7.5°


  1. ^ Constructible Polygon
  2. ^ John H. Conway, Heidi Burgiel, Chaim Goodman-Strauss, (2008) The Symmetries of Things, ISBN 978-1-56881-220-5 (Chapter 20, Generalized Schaefli symbols, Types of symmetry of a polygon pp. 275-278)
  3. ^ Coxeter, Mathematical recreations and Essays, Thirteenth edition, p.141